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The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.

The Court will be hearing argument away from Court of Appeals Hall in Albany for portions of its upcoming March and April/May 2015 Sessions.

The Court's March 2015 Session runs from March 23 through March 27, 2015. On March 25, 2015, the Court will hear argument in the Melanie Gray Courtroom at Syracuse Law School, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13244. Argument will begin at noon that day. Click here for the webcast.

The Court's April/May 2015 Session runs from April 28 through May 8, 2015. From April 28 through April 30, 2015, the Court will hear argument at the Judicial Institute, 84 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603. Arguments on those dates will commence at noon.

Any questions regarding the foregoing should be directed to the Clerk's Office at 518-455-7701 or 518-455-7702.

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State of the Judiciary - February 17th, 2015
Chief Judge Lippman delivered his annual State of the Judiciary address on Feb. 17, 2015 at Court of Appeals Hall. The webcast and text of the address can be found here.
Notice - Court of Appeals Twitter Account

The Court of Appeals has launched a Twitter feed. The Twitter feed will provide notification of the online posting of Court information, including Court decisions and other news. This is a logical extension of the Court's use of digital technology to reach out to the Bar and public.

The Twitter handle is @NYCourtsCOA. Alternatively, if you do not wish to access this information through a Twitter account, you may receive the Court's alerts by texting Follow NYCourtsCOA to 40404.

The service will not allow direct communication with the Court.

Notice of Public Hearings - Uniform Bar Examination

The Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), Chaired by the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, has announced a series of public hearings that will be conducted throughout the state on the proposal to adopt the UBE in New York.   For more information on the public hearings, please see the Advisory Committee’s website at:

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